Not everyone gets a dream selection in the NFL draft, but with some luck, a few teams will fall into that ideal scenario on draft day.
The Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins needed a saving grace after a miserable 2011. The Colts were bad enough to get the No. 1 pick and Andrew Luck. The ‘Skins, on the other hand, needed some elbow grease to score Robert Griffin III.
But today their problems are a far away in the rear-view mirror. Teams envision a similar scenario for their picks in 2013.
Lucky for you, all 32 squads will be covered in this mock draft. Keep an eye out for the perfect fits.
NOTE: The teams that get perfect fits will be italicized.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14): Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
The Andy Reid era will be ushered in with a new quarterback, as Smith looks to be a firecracker prospect under the right tutelage.
The West Virginia product has the right combination of accuracy, deep-ball capacity and athleticism to impress Reid enough to pull the trigger this early.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14): Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
The Jaguars garnered the fewest sacks in the NFL this season. They will continue to add defensive prospects, and luckily this draft is chock full of them.
Of the glut of pass-rushers available, I prefer Jones, who showed flashes of being a defensive force at full strength.
3. Oakland Raiders (4-12): Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
The Raiders were in the bottom 10 in points allowed last season, so Moore would be a strong selection to start the rebuilding.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-12): Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
My lasting memory of this past Eagles season was watching Michael Vick run for his life. That needs to change under new coach Chip Kelly, whoever the quarterback may be.
As a result, Joeckel would be a dream selection at this spot for Philadelphia. He’s the clear No. 1 tackle on the board, and some draft analysts have him as the top prospect in the draft.
Kelly will be looking for offensive linemen with top-level endurance and athleticism for his high-tempo offense. The Texas A&M star would surely be able to adjust in training camp and start on day one.
5. Detroit Lions (4-12): Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
During their eight-game losing streak to end the 2012 season, the Lions allowed 24 points or more every game. They need an infusion of talent on the defensive side, and a top corner is sitting there waiting for them.
Milliner has the potential to be a shutdown corner, and that possibility can’t be overlooked here. He has shown the ability to make plays even matched up against a athletic tight end (see above).
If he can continue to shut down receivers on the next level, the Lions could vault back into playoff contention in 2013.
6. Cleveland Browns (5-11): Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
The Browns could use more talent at the receiver position, but with no elite prospects available, they would be better served addressing defense.
They would love to snag an otherworldly talent in Werner, as his stats from last season scream playmaker (three sacks, 18 tackles for loss, eight pass deflections, one forced fumble).
7. Arizona Cardinals (5-11): Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
At one point last year, Wilson was at the top of NFL prognosticators' draft boards, but an awful situation at Arkansas last season hurt his draft stock significantly.
The perception of Wilson will change after his pro day, and he will shoot up draft boards as a top QB prospect.
New coach Bruce Arians will want a signal-caller who can make all the throws in his quick-strike offense. Frankly, I can’t trust anyone currently on Arizona’s roster. As a result, the top quarterback on the board couldn’t hurt.
8. Buffalo Bills (6-10): Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
The Bills have a glaring hole opposite Stevie Johnson, so Patterson would be a worthy selection in this slot.
Johnson says he wants to see a quarterback competition, and I still believe he will get one. Don’t sleep on new coach Doug Marrone reuniting with Ryan Nassib in Round 2.
9. New York Jets (6-10): Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
The Jets could use more defensive firepower, as they are in need of young legs for their line. They should look no further than Mingo, who could be a fantastic two-way defender on the edge.
10. Tennessee Titans (6-10): Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
Chance Warmack lacks any glaring weaknesses at the guard position and could start on opening day for Tennessee. The Titans have many holes to fill, and offensive line is a good place to take a safe bet.
11. San Diego Chargers (7-9): Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
This would be a match made in Heaven, as San Diego needs a tackle to protect Philip Rivers’ blind side. Fisher is well known among draftniks, and the public will see why.
12. Miami Dolphins (7-9): Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
While the Dolphins need offensive playmakers, there simply isn’t much value at running back or wide receiver in this spot. There will be a ton available in the upcoming rounds, where they have a rich variety of selections.
In the meantime, Vaccaro will shore up a pass defense that needs to give Tom Brady issues in order to have any shot in the AFC East.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9): Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
The Buccaneers were one of the league’s worst defenses overall, so there needs to be a shakeup in Tampa. Lotulelei falling into their laps would be a saving grace; the future of their defensive line would look bright.
14. Carolina Panthers (7-9): Keenan Allen, WR, Cal
To stunt Cam Newton’s growth in 2013, another receiving threat will do in Carolina. Allen has all the tools to be a top-flight pass-catcher, and a team that can give him snaps early on will let him shine.
15. New Orleans Saints (7-9): Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
As evidenced by 2012, the Saints need all the help they can get on defense. Floyd will be a stalwart on the line, so this looks like a no-brainer selection.
16. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1): Johnathan Hankins, DT Ohio State
Back-to-back defensive tackles come off the board, as the Rams will get even feistier on defense with the selection of Hankins. The Buckeye product fits the mold of a gap-filling tackle Jeff Fisher likes to hoard.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8): Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
The Steelers can use an injection of youth on this transitioning defense. Possessing ridiculous untapped potential, Ansah could play at multiple spots in Pittsburgh’s unique system.
18. Dallas Cowboys (8-8): Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
The Cowboys, at this point, are fishing for talent over need and are hoping it all comes together.
Enter Richardson, who could be a long-time starter in the NFL with his run-stopping abilities and speedy penetration skills.
19. New York Giants (9-7): Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
When people think of the Giants’ past draft selections, they think of defensive end after defensive end. Now, the back seven needs some assistance.
The G-Men will get their man out of Athens, Ga. Ogletree is a three-down linebacker with star potential and the ability to guard slot receivers and tight ends.
He led Georgia with 111 tackles and should be able to contend for a starting position in New York.
20. Chicago Bears (10-6): Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
With coach Marc Trestman leading the Bears, Chicago will look for an offensive game changer in Eifert. While the offensive line still scares Bears’ fans, Eifert can provide a boost on the edge blocking and receiving.
Chicago wants an advantage down the seam, and the Notre Dame product is a matchup nightmare for any defensive back.
21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6): Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
A fearless organization will pull the trigger on Te’o, and no team bypasses character issues more than the Bengals.
But Cincinnati will make this selection knowing Te’o has something to prove on the football field; that motivation will be the key to this pick.
22. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1) (via WA): D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
23. Minnesota Vikings (10-6): Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
If the Vikings are going to continue down the same road with Christian Ponder, they’ll need some more receivers. With a reception over 40 yards in 11 of 13 games last season, the Vikes will love what they see in Williams.
24. Indianapolis Colts (11-5): Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi St.
The Colts pass defense needs some serious help if they want to make back-to-back playoff appearances. Banks will be bumping NFL receivers at the line when next season begins.
25. Seattle Seahawks (11-5): Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
Pete Carroll has already indicated their biggest need is their pass rush, and he’ll waste no time filling that void with Jordan.
An athletic specimen with a high ceiling, Jordan should thrive playing across state lines in the Pacific Northwest. He possesses dynamic downhill speed and football instincts that he can showcase on Seattle.
26. Green Bay Packers (11-5): Barrett Jones, C, Alabama
The Packers offensive line needs a boost, but you wouldn’t know it with Aaron Rodgers at the quarterback position. Jones will bring a championship pedigree to the NFL’s Titletown.
27. Houston Texans (12-4): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
I worry that Houston will fall out of the AFC ranks if it can’t find a dynamic offensive player in the passing game. Hopkins could do wonders underneath with Matt Schaub there.
28. Denver Broncos (13-3): Dallas Thomas, OT, Tennessee
Yes, I’m predicting Ryan Clady will not be a Bronco in 2013, primarily for monetary reasons. The Broncos will find their replacement in Thomas, who will have to learn quickly to protect Peyton Manning.
29. New England Patriots (12-4): Matt Elam, S, Florida
Elam would be a perfect injection of hard-nosed football in the Patriots secondary. Bill Belichick has a history of taking Gator stars, one that will continue in 2013.
30. Atlanta Falcons (13-3): Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
Replacing Tony Gonzalez will be paramount in this season or the next. Ertz could eventually be a poor man’s Gonzalez if he lands in the right fit. Atlanta would be an ideal home.
31. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1): Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
With Justin Smith hobbled, the Niners weren’t able to generate the same pressure they had sustained all season long. Montgomery will be able to fill that void if Smith is unable to get back to what he once was.
32. Baltimore Ravens (10-6): Eric Reid, S, LSU
There will be a changing of the guard at safety in Baltimore, as the Ravens will replace a Reed with a Reid.
It won’t be an easy rookie year, but the LSU product looks like an impact player in the long run.
Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report.
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